Up until six days ago, it had been an amazing 517 days since legendary hacker, PlanetBeing, had last treated his fans to a tweet. He broke that silence on the 11th January with the revelation that, with the help of Cydia founder Jay Freeman, he had managed to escape the Apple Sandbox. For those who haven’t been following the long running A5 jailbreak saga, PlanetBeing was drafted in by developer Pod2g to be an integral member of the jailbreaking ‘Dream Team’.
If you are an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 owner then no doubt the recent news coming from the development teams involved with provide a modicum of comfort to you. The initial announcement that a potential bug had been found came in November 2011, which represents a nine week pursuit of liberation for both the A4 and A5 devices. within that nine week period, significant progress has been made, and although to some community members it may seen like an eternity, the truth is that the landmarks that have been reached in that time are quite impressive, considering that developer Pod2g was working alone for the most part.
Pod2g, and PlanetBeing have been releasing periodic updates over the last week or so, designed to keep the community in the loop about progress. as it currently stands, progress is being made slowly, but the people involved are making sure that everything is correct before even thinking about a release date.
The most recent update which has brightened up Twitter users timeline today has come from PlanetBeing. The announcement that he has finally managed to get his iPhone 4S to run unsigned code will no doubt bring hope to the community that the jailbreak release is drawing ever closer.
@planetbeing: Finally got unsigned code running on my 4S with the stuff that will go into the new jailbreak!
Unfortunately, it would appear that too much shouldn’t be read into this, as his follow up tweet, which is response to a very irate follower, says that there is still a lot of work to be done before any release is possible.
Whatever the current percentage of completion is, I would urge people to exercise some patience and appreciate that work is being undertaken everyday to get the jailbreak compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. I am pretty sure that the community would rather have a fully functional release, which satisfies all needs, rather than a rushed distribution which could cause more problems than it solves.
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